[Linux-aus] [LACTTE] Linux Australia and the OIN community
scoughlan at openinventionnetwork.com
Thu Oct 31 20:52:19 EST 2013
As I mentioned in a mail direct to Kathy, please accept apologies for a delayed reply. I was on an extended business trip from the 18th and fell behind on mail.
In short, today the OIN community has 623 companies and projects participating. This is a really broad spread, ranging from IBM to CentOS, from Fujitsu to KDE e.V. Everyone in the OIN community makes one promise; that if they ever had a Linux System patent, they would never use it aggressively against anyone else who makes the same promise. Think of it as a "patent aggression no-fly-zone", and a way to create a standard of behaviour around Free/Open Source Software that makes every individual, every project and every company safer.
Our community already has 15 Australian companies and projects but we would love to have more step up and support non-aggression. We often welcome community organisations to the OIN community (for example KOSSA in Korea or NLnet Foundation in The Netherlands), and for that reason we though it would be a good fit with Linux Australia.
I'm happy to address any questions or comments.
On Oct 17, 2013, at 22:14 , Linux Australia Secretary <secretary at linux.org.au> wrote:
> Hi everyone,
> Please see below from Shane Coughlan of the Open Invention Network seeking Linux Australia as a signatory to the patent non-aggression pledge outlined below.
> Council would like to seek views and opinions from the community in regard to whether Linux Australia should become a signatory.
> Media coverage of the organisation, the non-aggression pledge and related issues can be found at;
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> With kind regards,
> -------- Original Message --------
> Subject: [LACTTE] Linux Australia and the OIN community
> Date: Thu, 17 Oct 2013 12:25:40 +0900
> From: Shane Coughlan <scoughlan at openinventionnetwork.com>
> To: council at linux.org.au
> My name is Shane Coughlan and I am from Open Invention Network (OIN). We help protect Linux-related technology from patent tension. Our goal is to build a non-aggression “standard of behaviour” to protect the future of Open Source and we would like your help.
> OIN has a community of over 610 companies and projects. Everyone in this community pledges not to use patents aggressively against each other on Linux System technology. We would like you to do this too. Even if you have no patents, your voice in support of non-aggression supports our mission. We have frequently welcome trade and community organisations, with NLnet Foundation (Netherlands) and KOSSA (Korea) serving as two excellent examples.
> Our community is free to join, and while it does not provide 100% protection, it lowers risk for everyone while we work to deter aggression from third parties. It is the largest community to address patent challenges in the world.
> I hope we can get your support. Today that is simpler than ever. We use eSigning for making a patent non-aggression pledge. It takes about three minutes to complete:
> Shane Coughlan
> Global Director of Licensing
> Open Invention Network
> scoughlan at openinventionnetwork.com
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> f: +81 (0) 87 889 0288
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